The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (04/18/20)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:   Sunny and windy.  High of 57.  “B”

:  Mostly cloudy early then becoming partly cloudy. High of 50.  “C”

Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.

Parent Teacher Talking to Myself

Well, not THIS week for me.  We’re on “Easter Break.”  Hilarious, I know.  Next week though, we’re back at it.  Virtual learning.  We’re all stuck with it, like it or not.  Home schooling parents, I always both admired you AND thought you were crazy.  I still have those feelings, just intensified greatly.

There isn’t a teacher around who isn’t trying to be creative in their e-classes.  And it’s not just standard classroom teachers either.  Dance teachers, music teachers, fitness instructors, you name it they’re trying it.  Kyla has been doing virtual Irish dance classes for a few weeks now.  Clearly it’s not the same for many reasons but I applaud her teachers for doing their very best to keep everyone enthused.

Let’s switch topics for just a moment…  Everyone has bits of advice to get through this crazy time.  I’m sure you could rattle them off just the same as I can so I’ll save space.  Of course there’s the whole adopt or foster a dog idea, one which I blogged about a couple of weeks ago.

So you’ve either adopted or fostered recently OR you’re a long-time pet parent.  Either way your fur baby is likely feeling the effects of this never-ending quarantine just the same as you are.  Maybe they can’t go to the freezer and grab a pint of Haagen-Daz or start cocktail BEFORE 5:00, but they need an outlet too.

This is the time to explore obedience classes for the first time OR to somehow continue them in an effort to keep a routine for your pet.  Great idea!  But, how?  Well, you might be lucky enough to belong to a school that is now offering virtual obedience classes.  In the same way and for the same reasons so many other schools are offering them, owners & teachers are looking to keep your pup entertained and listening to you…  perhaps even better than before!

With any luck, your current dog trainer is offering online courses for your canine.  If not, do a little research.  I’m sure you’ll find one with relative ease, similar to Anything is Pawzible in Chicago.

Good luck, everyone.  There’s GOT to be a light at the end of this tunnel, right?
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

Retired Sheboygan police dog Bud died. He worked with the department for almost 10 years.

Do you remember Cairo?

Pet store chains argue dog grooming is “essential” in pandemic….and maybe it is.

This blind and deaf dog is melting the internet with her human.

How to Exercise Your Dog When You’re Stuck Indoors.



‘Dogtor’ Loki the Therapy Dog Is Delivering Care Packages to Nurses Amid Coronavirus Pandemic.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

And this is one we missed not too far back.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We kindly ask that you please share with other dog lovers you know.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

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